Lufthansa Is Considering Launching Direct Flight to Southern Israel
European low-cost carriers Ryanair, Transavia, and Air Europa already operate wintertime service to Eilat, a South Israel resort town
German carrier Deutsche Lufthansa AG is exploring a plan to launch direct flights to Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke with Calcalist on condition of anonymity. Representatives of Lufthansa visited Eilat on Sunday to explore the possibility of launching the new route as soon as next winter, that person said. The German carrier is currently operating several daily flights to Israel’s Ben Gurion airport, the country’s primary international airport.
Eliat is a popular port and resort town located at the northern tip of the Red Sea. The small airport in Eilat handles mainly domestic flights and is set to shut down when the city’s new Ramon International Airport opens in early 2019. Last week, Spanish airline Air Europa Líneas Aéreas announced it will launch wintertime service connecting Madrid and Eilat. Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair DAC and Dutch low-cost airline Transavia Airlines C.V. also operate direct service to Eilat.